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May 18, 2020 S D Rodrian
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S D Rodrian's edited recordings by Jussi Bjorling
Topics: Jussi Björling, opera arias, opera scenes, lieder, songs, tenor, Jussi Bjorling
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Apr 27, 2020 S D Rodrian
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Some years ago RCA engineers cleaned up these Caruso recordings with a rather heavy hand... leaving them a bit thin, I'm afraid, even if the pitch was corrected. Here I have fleshed them out a bit, and added a stereo effect to achieve a bit of depth so that the voice doesn't sound like it's coming through a narrow chink. It's still not perfect, of course, but what it? Enjoy!
Topics: Enrico Caruso, Caruso in stereo
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Apr 9, 2020 S D Rodrian
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Jussi Bjorling
Topics: Jussi Björling, opera arias, opera scenes, lieder, songs, tenor, Jussi Bjorling, Beethoven,...
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Mar 27, 2020 Mr. S D Rodrian
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Pototo y Filomeno are the crown jewel of comedy in Cuba. My mother's family, who brought me up, was a deadly serious bunch whom, growing up, I seldom witnessed sharing so much as a smile let alone a laugh out loud. So it was a revelation to me when as a toddler I discovered my very dignified & proper grandfather all alone hunched over a shoebox radio at the back of the house one evening laughing himself as silly as the best human being out there! There was an ancient giant radio in the...
Topics: Leopoldo Fernández, Anibal de Mar, Pototo y Filomeno
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Mar 13, 2020 Mr. S D Rodrian
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The American Conservatory Theatre of San Fancisco's 1974 Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmund Rostand Translation by Brian Hooker Directed by William Ball Cast, In Alphabetical Order= Orange Girl,Nun: Janie Atkins Poet,Capuchin: Andy Backer Meddler: Joseph Bird LeBret: Earl Boen Bellerose,Cadet: Roger Aaron Brown Lord,Poet: Robert Chapline Valvert: Patrick Crean Lise: Kathryn Crosby Cyrano deBergerac: Peter Donat Monfleury,Cadet: Charles Hallahan Cut Purse: John Hancock Ligniere,Cadet: Henry Hoffman...
Topics: Cyrano de Bergerac, Peter Donat, Marsha Mason, Edmund Rostand, Brian Hooker, William Ball
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Feb 11, 2020 Mr. S D Rodrian
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Ernesto Lecuona was Cuba's most celebrated composer. Some of his pieces are almost Chopin-like etudes & nocturnes [etc.], others reflect the Afro-Cuban and Spanish ethnicities of Cuba, while many others more have the feeling of grand Romantic improvisations. But much of the soul of Cuba winds through the music of Ernesto Lecuona: I remember as a child there catching one TV station's slow, mournful orchestral version of his 'La Comparsa' and even back then thinking that such an incredibly...
Topics: Ernesto Lecuona, piano, Cuba, Cuban music
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Jan 16, 2020 Mr. S D Rodrian
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This is a mirror of http://sdrodrian.com which you may install on your computer or even on your website (provided it is NOT for profit and does not show any ads). In practice, it is an electronic book of nearly 500 of the poems I wrote ending in 1974. The photos of the artworks on my site are not a perfect reflection of the original artworks as they are to be found in their respective museums but an insight into them. Therefore I would advise art lovers & interested parties to first go see...
Topics: SDRodrian, poems, stories, literature, great paintings of the Western Tradition, S D Rodrian
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Oct 7, 2019 Mr. S D Rodrian
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The music of the Trio Matamoros encompasses and embodies just about every aspect of Cuban popular music. It is also the very essence of an Afro-Cuban life that was untouched by white-supremist attitudes [unlike the mournful tones heard in North American African-American blues]. It is the difference between the drumbeat which was never forbidden to the African-Americans of Cuba & the saxophone that was given to the African-Americans in The United States: From our Cuban equivalent of the...
Topics: Miguel Matamoros, Rafael Cueto, Siro Rodríguez, son cubano, bolero, guaracha, son, conga, rumba,...
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Mar 13, 2019 Mr. S D Rodrian
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The Beethoven piano & violin sonatas are mostly early works, but the last four are among the greatest (and certainly among the most favorite) in the entire repertoire--The 7th, 8th & 9th have been favorites of mine since childhood: Beethoven had the Mozartian knack for making a sweep of music that even at first hearing sounds like one has been hearing it since even before birth itself. And for me those three sonatas in particular among these ten have always been like that:  The...
Topics: Beethoven, Jascha Heifetz, Emanuel Bay, Brooks Smith, Heifetz, Emanuel Bay, Brooks Smith
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Mar 13, 2019 Mr. S D Rodrian
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The sonatas with Emanuel Bay accompaniment were recorded in the monophonic era, so they were 'stereolized' by me [Sonata No.10 has an unavoidable flaw]. The sonata No.9 with Brooks Smith accompaniment is the only work here which was originally recorded in stereo and is such an artistic achievement that it really ought to be in some great museum amongst the greatest works of art Man possesses. If you wish to hear the original recorded sound with all it imperfections you will have to try to see...
Topics: Beethoven, Heifetz, Emanuel Bay, Brooks Smith
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Plenty of music lovers disagree with a number of Heifetz's interpretations here & there, but no one challenges the fact that he was the greatest violinist of his time. And I dare say that it will be most difficult to challenge that unique position of his for quite some time to come. You can hear why in these timeless masterpieces, about the best and only works for the solo violin which have also remained unchallenged in their preeminence since their composition.
Topics: Jascha Heifetz, violin solo, Bach, partitas, sonatas
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Jul 16, 2018 S D Rodrian
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I first came to the U.S. from Cuba on January 5, 1958 because Castro's rebels were threatening war around my hometown of Holguin in Eastern Cuba and my mother had had enough of it: Off we went to the U.S. where her older sister and her husband had lived for some time. Then back to Cuba in 1960 after Batista fled so we could enjoy the freedom & democracy Castro promised us... only to have to return to the U.S. in 1962 as desperate & stateless refugees from the scourge of communism: As a...
Topics: Beethoven String Quartets, Budapest String Quartet, Josef Roisman, Alexander Schneider, Boris...
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This music has been heard in a number of Hollywood's classic horror movies. This is both reasonable & very understandable: There is a lot of over-the-top human passion and overwhelming emotions everywhere in this work--Murder, brutality, inhumanity course among the sublime themes which bravely attempt to balance them like strangling snakes. In fact, I cannot even imagine a Hollywood horror movie depicting more dread, panic, pain, and sheer distress than those we hear in Swan Lake. I do not...
Topic: Tchaikovsky,Swan Lake,Arthur Fiedler, Boston Pops,Alfred Krips,Martin Hoherman
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Dorati's version is not only most people's favorite (mine too), but it's still unsurpassed. It's not made for the dancers but for us listeners, for the lovers of music rather than those who like to watch the ballet... so we could close our eyes and appreciate/understand the powerful drama and emotional impact of the music in & of itself. Here are my original LPs from way back when the world was young: I wore them out with overuse & could not listen to them for a long while, then new...
Topics: Antal Dorati, London Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
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It never takes long to understand that the music one is listening to is by Bach. While other composers may require all "the full completeness" of an entire piece to convey its greatness, note by note Bach's language is always uniquely imprinted with the telltale ever unrivalled confidence of his musical genius: From the first couple of notes Bach knows where he is headed, and we know he's not getting lost--wherever that is. Even Mozart sometimes needed a while to make it to this level...
Topics: Szymon Goldberg, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Hubert Barwahser, Janny van Wering
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Sep 12, 2017 S D Rodrian
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Brahms's symphonies are like the four massive movements of one single immense masterpiece: Taken together they follow in character the classical symphony's four movement plan whether by chance or design--which might explain why Brahms was satisfied writing only four of them; as well as why after struggling for so long over his 1st, Brahms then quickly followed it with the other three. [In fact, nothing sounds more like a reluctant goodbye than the last movement of the 4th.] They are his Mass in...
Topics: Brahms, Georg Solti, Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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This battered 60-years old 1958 LP (recorded in 1956) comes from a time when just about every stereo recording made was a technical experiment. Yet even constrained as it must be by the technology of that time this one holds up as one of the best not just because of a competent London Symphony Orchestra but also because of the great maestro Pierre Monteux, whose interpretations here I don't think have often been surpassed even after all this time: As a young teen I used to listen to choice bits...
Topics: Pierre Monteux, 1956 London Symphony Orchestra, Tchaikovsky, Sleeping Beauty (excerpts)
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Jul 18, 2016 S D Rodrian
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These are precious recordings salvaged from ancient & abused LPs by recently made available computer technology (of course they're compromised). [Although the originals may be in the Public Domain in Cuba, Britain & elsewhere, they may not so be in the USA & elsewhere.] Please note that my engineered/edited (to emphasize the voice) versions are also not in Public Domain. More than Celia Cruz, La Orquesta Aragón, Lecuona, Ñico Membiela, Perez Prado, Beny Moré, or even the...
Topics: Miguel Matamoros, Antonio María Romeu, Cuban song, danzón, guajira, montuna, bolero, son...
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Jul 12, 2016 S D Rodrian
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As I now listen to music only through headphones it is annoying to hear monaural recordings for any length of time. Therefore I adapted my old Caruso recordings to simulate stereo. And, as long as I was here, I also reduced the ancient noise built-into them as well. It did affect Caruso's tone a might, but perfection is a distant achievement yet for human beings: the important thing to me is that I can now listen to this greatest of singers without having to take an aspirin afterwards. [Note...
Topics: opera, arias, Verdi, Puccini, Gounod, Faure, Rossini
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Jun 20, 2016 Mr. S D Rodrian
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Bach's Great Mass in B Minor is probably the one composition which is considered by the most music lovers to be the greatest ever written by anyone. I for one agree. And of all the performances and interpretations I have ever heard of this great work this old recording remains my favorite--It is controversial 'out there' because Shaw interprets the music as if the score had been written by a contemporary and just handed to him (no period instrument or other nonsensical self-restrictions which...
Topics: Bach's Mass in B Minor, Robert Shaw Chorale and Orchestra,Adele Addison, Saramae Endich, Florence...
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Jun 20, 2016 Mr. S D Rodrian
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When I was a kid in school sometimes passages from these symphonies would play in my imagination as if Beethoven himself were speaking to me directly. Such incomparable perfection! But then I would get this feeling that I might have heard that same perfection already in Ormandy's recordings at some hearing: "Can't be." So certain was I that such an exceptional agreement with Beethoven's intentions could come only straight from him that I would rush home to my old record player where,...
Topics: Beethoven Symphonies, Eugene Ormandy, Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra, Mormon Tabernacle Choir,...
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Jun 15, 2006 Mr. S D Rodrian
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Beethoven Works For Piano Interpreted by S D Rodrian
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Jun 5, 2006 Mr. S D Rodrian
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J S Bach Organ Favorites Interpreted by S D Rodrian
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May 13, 2006 Mr. S D Rodrian
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Many composers have created edifices. Mozart edified creation. S D Rodrian
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May 13, 2006 Mr. S D Rodrian
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The French Suites for Keyboard of J. S. Bach interpreted by S D Rodrian
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May 13, 2006 Mr. S D Rodrian
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J S Bach's Keyboard Toccatas interpreted by S D Rodrian
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May 13, 2006 Mr. S D Rodrian
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The Keyboard Partitas of J S Bach interpreted by S D Rodrian
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May 13, 2006 Mr. S D Rodrian
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The Goldberg Variations is one of the greatest poems in human history. As towering a creative achievement as anything in Homer or Shakespeare. No other [of the great composers] has ever possessed Bach's ability to make music as much a language as Spanish, English or French: Where other composers break into the silence with sounds sublime or glorious, ethereal, noble, or just loud... Bach almost always engages us in a human conversation as effectively as if he were using words. And whether in...
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Topics: keyboard, bach, variations, aria
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May 13, 2006 Mr. S D Rodrian
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J S Bach's Chromatic Fantasy & Fugue for Keyboard
Topics: Bach, keyboard, fantasy, fugue
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Oct 9, 2005 Mr. S D Rodrian
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Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier Book 2 Interpreted by S D Rodrian
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Oct 9, 2005 Mr. S D Rodrian
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Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier Book 1 Interpreted by S D Rodrian
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Oct 6, 2005 S D Rodrian
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The 21 Piano Nocturnes of Chopin Interpreted by S D Rodrian
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Topics: Classic Piano, Chopin, Romantic Music